UPDATE: How Boko Haram Abducted 200 Female WAEC Students .


Gunmen reportedly arrived at the school in Chibok, Borno state, late last night, and ordered the hostel’s teenage residents on to lorries. The attackers are believed to be from the Islamist group, Boko Haram, whose militants frequently target schools.


On Monday, bombings blamed on the group killed more than 70 people in the capital, Abuja. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, has been waging an armed campaign for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

‘Soldiers overpowered’
A government official in Borno state told the BBC around 100 girls were thought to have been abducted from the school. The exact number of missing students had yet to be established, as some of the girls had managed to return to their homes. Parents had earlier told the BBC that more than 200 students had been taken from the school.

Residents in the area reported hearing explosions followed by gunfire last night, said BBC reporter Mohammed Kabir Mohammed in the capital, Abuja. “Many girls were abducted by the rampaging gunmen who stormed the school in a convoy of vehicles,” AFP news agency quotes Emmanuel Sam, an education official in Chibok, as saying.

Boko Haram Conducts Night Raid In Borno, Abducts 200 Female Students
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Another witness, who requested anonymity, told AFP that gunmen overpowered soldiers who had been deployed to provide extra security ahead of annual exams. A girl, who managed to escape and wished not to be named, told the BBC she and fellow students were sleeping when armed men burst into their hostel. “Three men came into our room and told us not to panic. We later found out later that they were among the attackers,” she said.

The girls said she and her schoolmates were taken away in a convoy, which had to slow down after some of the vehicles developed a fault.The attackers are thought to be from the Islamist group, Boko Haram
Around 10 to 15 girls seized the opportunity to escape. “We ran into the bush and waited until daybreak before we went back home,” she said.

Nigerian media reported that two members of the security forces had been killed, and residents said 170 houses were burnt down during the attack. Boko Haram emerged as a critic of Western-style education, and its militants frequently target schools and educational institutions.

This year, the group’s fighters have killed more than 1,500 civilians in three states in north-east Nigeria, which are currently under emergency rule. The government recently said that Boko Haram’s activities were confined to that part of the country.

However, Monday’s bombings in Abuja prompted renewed fears that the militants were extending their campaign to the capital.

Source: BBC

4 thoughts on “UPDATE: How Boko Haram Abducted 200 Female WAEC Students .”

    Enough is enough.Let all sane persons quickly brainstorm on a possible stop to the present Nigeria’s security challenges and seek avenues at achieving a lasting peace in united (or God forbid a divided?) Nigeria! Let’s note that had any of the dead been given an option of even a thoroughly fragmented Nigeria where their safety lay they could have joyfully yelled.What is the rationale living or dying enmass in a country with fragile unity and where your safety can only be in the realm of rhetorics cum semantics? I believe those Nigerians that apparently invited terror in politics had had a miscalculation over their expectation(s):they now have genuine problem of inability to stop what started few years ago…their promised experiments that were designed for Nigeria’s ungovernability through terror have gone awry into unlisted directions!Metal detectors should go to N.East Nig.

    It astounds one beyond imagination to hear that government is embarking on a massive installation of metal detectors in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja rather than the war ravaged North-East geopolitical bloc…especially schools,hospitals,markets,barracks of police and army or airforce etc.Dialogue still remains a very viable option towards a peaceful resolution of the present Nigerian situation…the facelessness of the insurgents notwitstanding! God or Allah won’t forgive all those who not only played a non-commital role or had been partly or wholly responsible for the situation but also those in responsible positions and having the wherewithal to mediate to restore sanity.

    Opposition parties may basically constitute a kind of checks-and-balances outfit.It does not mean that they must be permanently aligned against the government at the centre…there ought to be sometimes when they applaud it and profer modalities at doing a particular thing better.The attitude of the opposition of apparently always seeking to oppose the government even in matters widely considered as good leaves much to be desired.Opposition parties could score a plus if as a result of their imput the present security challenges are resolved.Recall GEJ came under pressure to withdraw JTF from Borno streets for ‘raping our women and children’ realizing that he cannot personally go there to be a golernor…the same GEJ being accused of insensitivity.Rapism is not more death-causing than terrorism;there would be ladies who’d choose being raped than face terror.Nowhere in the world is there no accusation of rapism against the army in counterterror roles

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